Tons of great stuff this weekend-where to start? You’ll find BiteClub and Co. milling around at least a few of these. Come say hi!
– Matanzas Creek Winery Days of Wine and Lavender: If you love lavender, this is the place to be. Sadly, the event is sold out, so hopefully you already have your tickets. If not, just drive by the winery and breathe deeply.
– Build a Better Burger Fire-Up at COPIA: Console yourself by indulging in all things ground-beef at COPIA today as Burger Judge and cookbook author James McNair answers your every question about how to make a truly spectacular burger. Plus cooking demos and a luncheon. Check out copia.org for more details.
– Check out the Grand Opening of the Peterson Winery tasting room in Healdsburg. With the motto, No Soul-Less wines, Peterson’s place is simple and rustic and his wines, well…see what you think. Chef Dan Lucia pairs appetizers with the new wine releases. 4791 Dry Creek Rd, Bldg #7, Healdsburg, 707-431-7568
– Sonoma-Marin Fair: Okay, call me disappointed, but still hopeful. After pretty much getting shut out of the Ugliest Dog Contest (local and national media were pushed about 15 feet away from the stage by security, but the intrepid Crista persevered!) and finding the “Sustainable Agriculture: Farm to Table Showcase” was a group of about five vendors shoved into a tiny, almost un-navigable hallway (kudos for the idea, but BiteClub certainly hopes the execution will improve “check out Frances Rivetti’s coverage, which was a bit more optomistic), I’m headed BACK to the fair on Sunday with food blogger Meloni Courtaway for some fried twinkies and a trip to the Wine Garden to check out Chris Sawyer’s chat on the Petaluma Gap wines (2:30). Oops. I see a conflict already…
– Also in Petaluma, don’t miss the book-signing and meet-and-greet with my awesome buddy, Heidi Swanson at Copperfield’s Bookstore, 3 pm, 140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, 707.762.0563. Okay, I won’t pretend to be objective here, but this is one event you don’t want to miss. Heidi’s the author of Super Natural Cooking, a gorgeous cookbook filled with her photography and recipes that incorporate unusual and highly nutritious grains, alternative sugars and lots of fruits and veggies. Forget what you know about natural cooking–Heidi is a hip, amazingly informed author who’ll have you using quinoa, wakame and black turtle beans in no time.